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2006-06-16 15:25:42

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada has detected a case of H5 avian flu in the eastern province of Prince Edward Island and plans further testing over the weekend to determine the strain and virulency, a provincial health officer announced on Friday. A gosling in a small backyard poultry flock in the western end of the province contracted the disease, but there is a low risk of human illness from the case, the chief health officer for Prince Edward Island said in a news release. The virulent...

2006-06-16 12:44:42

By Jason Szep BOSTON (Reuters) - Maine, the closest U.S. state to migration routes for birds coming from Europe, has begun testing for avian flu as the United States steps up preparations for its possible spread to North America. Maine has modeled its plan after Alaska, where many expect the first U.S. case of bird flu to be detected, Mark Stadler, director of the wildlife division of Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, told Reuters in an interview. Stadler said...

2006-06-16 12:02:47

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A bird flu virus found in poultry in Hungary last week was the highly infectious H5N1 strain which is also dangerous for humans, chief veterinarian Miklos Suth said on Friday. "This afternoon we received confirmation from the British laboratory that it was the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian influenza which had infected poultry in Hungary," he told Reuters. It was the first time that H5N1 had been found in poultry in Hungary. Suth said the test result...

2006-06-16 11:59:34

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A bird flu virus found in poultry in Hungary last week was the highly infectious H5N1 strain which is also dangerous for humans, chief veterinarian Miklos Suth said on Friday. "This afternoon we received confirmation from the British laboratory that it was the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian influenza which had infected poultry in Hungary," he told Reuters. It was the first time that H5N1 had been found in poultry in Hungary. Suth said the test result...

2006-06-16 11:43:47

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - A bird flu virus found in poultry in Hungary last week was the highly infectious H5N1 strain which is also dangerous for humans, national news agency MTI said on Friday, citing British laboratory tests. It was the first time that H5N1 had been found in poultry in Hungary. "This afternoon we received confirmation from the British laboratory that it was the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian influenza which had infected poultry in Hungary," chief veterinarian...

2006-06-15 04:02:13

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has confirmed an Indonesian girl who died last month was infected with bird flu, a health ministry official said on Thursday, bringing Indonesia's total confirmed bird flu deaths to 38. Samples from the 7-year-old girl from Pamulang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, were sent to a WHO laboratory in Hong Kong after local tests showed that she had tested positive for bird flu. Local tests are not considered definitive. Indonesia attracted...

2006-06-15 02:58:21

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization has confirmed a seven-year-old Indonesian girl who died last month was infected with bird flu, a health ministry official said on Thursday, taking the total number of confirmed bird flu deaths in the country to 38. Nyoman Kandun, a director general at the ministry, said a WHO laboratory in Hong Kong had tested fluid from the lungs of the girl, from Pamulang on the outskirts of Jakarta.

2006-06-13 22:10:00

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A new Alaskan law increases the state's power to test and quarantine animals suspected of carrying contagious diseases, a precaution that officials say will be necessary in the case of a deadly strain of bird flu. Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski signed the bill on Tuesday that expands animal-control rules largely unchanged since 1949. The new law widens the state's authority during a public health risk to test all animals for all diseases. The old law limited...

2006-06-12 08:05:57

KIEV (Reuters) - Teams of veterinarians have been sent to destroy domestic poultry in northern Ukraine after the first appearance of bird flu in the region, Interfax Ukraine news agency reported on Monday. Avian flu had previously been detected late last year in the Crimea peninsula, a major stopover point on migratory routes jutting into the Black Sea in southern Ukraine. Interfax, quoting Ukraine's Emergencies Ministry, said 77 specialists had been sent along with police to a...

2006-06-09 08:10:00

By Daisuke Wakabayashi BARROW, Alaska (Reuters) - In a coastal marsh near the frozen Arctic Ocean, a black-and-white feathered spectacled eider leaves a gift for Corey Rossi, a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Crouching down to take a closer look, Rossi inspects the dropping left by the large sea duck and then carefully dabs at the greenish mound with a swab before breaking off the tip into a plastic vial. "He laid a fresh one there. We really want the...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.